Alexander Stefaniak

Alexander Stefaniak

Head of Musicology
Associate Professor of Musicology
Director of Graduate Studies
PhD, Eastman School of Music
BM, Baldwin-Wallace College
research interests:
  • Nineteenth-century Music
  • Virtuosity
  • Piano Culture
  • Romantic Aesthetics
  • Music Criticism

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1032
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Professor Stefaniak’s research focuses on piano culture and performance during the nineteenth century. He teaches courses on topics ranging from eighteenth-century opera to the twentieth-century culture of “classical music."

Alexander Stefaniak explores how virtuoso pianists embodied, shaped, and capitalized upon the ideals and aspirations of nineteenth-century musical culture. His work integrates methodologies that range from archival research to music analysis, and topics that include performance practices, concert programming, gender, canon formation, and musical aesthetics. Stefaniak is the author of two monographs: Becoming Clara Schumann: Performance Strategies and Aesthetics in the Culture of the Musical Canon (Indiana University Press 2021), and Schumann’s Virtuosity: Criticism, Composition, and Performance in Nineteenth-Century Germany (Indiana University Press, 2016).  His work has also appeared in edited volumes and scholarly journals, including the Journal of the American Musicological SocietyMusic & Letters, and Journal of Musicology

Selected Publications

Books

Becoming Clara Schumann: Performance Strategies and Aesthetics in the Culture of the Musical Canon. Indiana University Press 2021. 
     -    Recipient of the AMS’s John Daverio Fund subvention.
     -    Research supported by a faculty fellowship at Washington University’s Center for the Humanities.

Schumann’s Virtuosity: Criticism, Composition, and Performance in Nineteenth-Century Germany. Indiana University Press, 2016. 
     -    Recipient of an AMS 75 PAYS subvention
     -    See reviews in Nineteenth-Century Music Review, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Notes, and Die Musikforschung.
 

Articles
 

“Clara Schumann's compositional and concertizing strategies, and Robert Schumann's piano sets,” in Clara Schumann Studies, ed. Joe Davies. Cambridge University Press, 2021. 

“Remaking the Canon in their Own Images: Creative Writing Projects in the Music History Classroom.” Journal of Music History Pedagogy 9, no. 2 (2019): 195-214.


“Clara Schumann and the Imagined Revelation of Musical Works.” Music & Letters 99, no. 2 (2018).
 
“Clara Schumann’s Interiorities and the Cutting Edge of Popular Pianism.” Journal of the American Musicological Society 70, no. 3 (2017).


Review of Nigel Cliff, Moscow Nights: The Van Cliburn Story. In The Common Reader (2017).


“Robert Schumann, Serious Virtuosity, and the Rhetoric of the Sublime.” Journal of Musicology 33, no. 4 (2016).

 

Selected Courses

Undergraduate

Beethoven in His Time and Ours
Mozart: Humor, Science, Politics, Music (Cross-listed with Comparative Literature)
Music History II: The Invention of Classical Music (Writing Intensive Course)
Romantic Revolutions in European Music and Culture (Cross-listed with Comparative Literature)

Graduate

Music in the Romantic Period
Introduction to Musicological Research
Virtuosity Studies

"Becoming Clara Schumann: Performance Strategies and Aesthetics in the Culture of the Musical Canon"

"Becoming Clara Schumann: Performance Strategies and Aesthetics in the Culture of the Musical Canon"

Schumann’s Virtuosity: Criticism, Composition, and Performance in Nineteenth Century Germany

Schumann’s Virtuosity: Criticism, Composition, and Performance in Nineteenth Century Germany